The tweet came across my timeline yesterday, saying that the “Honey Badger being quizzed on Welsh culture is fantastic.” And my immediate thought was, why in the heck would someone want to quiz Tyrann Mathieu on Welsh culture? I know Mathieu is popular, but that’s just odd. Of course, it turned out that it was an athlete and he was quizzed about the Welsh, but it was a different Honey Badger athlete. Apparently there is an Australian rugby player named Nick Cummins who is also named Honey Badger, and who knew?
Well, not Mathieu.
“I saw a bunch of people tagging me on Twitter (about Cummins) but I didn’t really pay too much attention,” Mathieu said.
Mathieu is going to be the Honey Badger to the NFL, to American sports fans and to himself. The thought once upon a time that he would ditch the name in the effort to pull away from his troubled college years has been gone, once Mathieu a) understood he could figure out his life regardless of what his nickname was and b) liked the nickname in the first place.
Mathieu is even working to make “Honey Badger” a little more permanent.
“I’m in the process of getting it trademarked,” Mathieu said. “They’re giving me a tough time, because they are telling me it’s an animal.”
That doesn’t make sense. When is a real honey badger going to sell a T-shirt?
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